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article imageScotland: 43 police officers convicted of criminal offences

By Gemma Fox     Jan 24, 2011 in Crime
Information obtained from a Freedom of Information request sent to Scotland's eight police forces has shown more than 40 police officers have been charged with a variety of offences since January 2009.
The Press Association sent the request to the forces and the resulting information has revealed a total of 43 police officers were convicted of criminal offences ranging from traffic violations to drugs and firearms offences between Jan. 1, 2009 and Dec. 2, 2010.
Other offences committed by the mostly off-duty officers who ranked from constable to sergeant include assault, breach of the peace and attempting to pervert the course of justice.
Most of the convictions related to officers serving with Scotland's largest police force, Strathclyde, which saw a total of 35 crimes committed by 29 officers.
Out of those crimes, 20 were convictions related to driving offences, four convictions were for assault and eight for breach of the peace. Other convictions within the Strathclyde region included attempting to pervert the course of justice and convictions under the Misuse of Drugs Act and Firearms Act.
Lothian and Borders Police saw two off-duty constables convicted of crimes related to speeding and breach of the Data Protection Act.
Northern Constabulary revealed that three officers in their region had been convicted of crimes within the time period requested by the PA. Careless driving and attempting to pervert the course of justice accounted for two of the convictions and the third saw an officer convicted for contravening Section 44 of the Police (Scotland) Act 1967.
The officer involved in attempting to pervert the course of justice resigned before the completion of a misconduct investigation, Northern Constabulary revealed.
Within the Central Scotland Police force two officers were convicted of driving offences that occurred between 1 January 2009 and 11 November 2010.
Three Fife Constabulary officers received convictions and were fined for speeding offences. All of those offences took place in 2009 and the three officers were off duty at the time.
Grampian Police convicted a constable who, between January 2009 and 10 November 2010, exceeded a statutory speed limit. They also revealed that as a result of the conviction the offending officer was neither sacked nor dismissed.
Three officers in the Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary were convicted of breach of the peace. Two of the officers were off duty but the third was on duty at the time the offence was committed.
The offences happened between 1 January 2009 and 10 November 2010. Two of the officers resigned before misconduct investigations could begin and the third officer remains a serving police officers in the region. The still-serving constable was off duty at the time the offence was committed.
Tayside Police Force has been the only force which responded saying that no serving officers had been convicted with offences in the period between January 2009 and November 2010.
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